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Old 05-02-2012, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are there any good Honda repair shops to replace EGR valve and cleaning EGR plate?

I live in Connecticut and I asked a mechanic at the Honda dealer service center about doing this. However, he said I don't need this done unless I get a code. I don't think they have a clue that the EGR valve and gets clogged up with junk after driving the car 100K+ miles. So, I'm looking for a good place that really knows the 1st Gen. Honda Insight and how to replace the EGR valve and clean the EGR place. I already have a brand new EGR valve. I will probably keep the original EGR valve, have it refurbished somehow and keep as a spare part.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Russ, it seems the EGR valve replacing is a fairly simple procedure, my regular mechanics did it in 2009 an do not think they have done it on a Honda insight 1st gen before that.
Unfortunately they threw away the old EGR valve so I could not play with it.


I would have asked them to clean the plate too, but it sounded too complicated to explain .

As I have seen several very good posts on the EGR plate cleaning, and actually cleaned my EGR plate in beginning of 2010 , It may be quite clogged again so I will probably need to do it again soon . As far as I remember it was very easy, just one of the bolts was a little hard to access, the first time it took me a couple of hours , for a person that knows what he is doing it may be shorter than 30 min....
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So it sounds like it's easier to replace the EGR valve than cleaning out the EGR plate. I will have the dealer replace the EDR valve for me. As for cleaning the EGR plate, I doubt I can do this by myself. I need to find someone who has done this before.
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So it sounds like it's easier to replace the EGR valve than cleaning out the EGR plate. I will have the dealer replace the EDR valve for me. As for cleaning the EGR plate, I doubt I can do this by myself. I need to find someone who has done this before.
Replacing the EGR valve is a 10 minute job. You can do it.

A couple of nuts hold it in. Really simple, it is right in the front of the motor, very easy to reach. One electrical connector to pull. About as tough as an oil change, and nowhere near as dirty.

Just in case, I got the EGR gasket also with the valve. Probably not needed, but for the few pennies, I always figure if I don't get the gasket, I will actually need it.

You can do the plate, but it is a little more involved. But ANY mechanic can do it, all you need is a 1/4 inch drive with a swivel attachment to reach the two lower intake nuts. There is a GREAT tutorial here, if you can't find it let me know. Just search "EGR plate cleaning".

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Replacing the EGR valve is a 10 minute job. You can do it.

A couple of nuts hold it in. Really simple, it is right in the front of the motor, very easy to reach. One electrical connector to pull. About as tough as an oil change, and nowhere near as dirty.

Just in case, I got the EGR gasket also with the valve. Probably not needed, but for the few pennies, I always figure if I don't get the gasket, I will actually need it.

You can do the plate, but it is a little more involved. But ANY mechanic can do it, all you need is a 1/4 inch drive with a swivel attachment to reach the two lower intake nuts. There is a GREAT tutorial here, if you can't find it let me know. Just search "EGR plate cleaning".

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Thanks... I got a new EGR gasket when I bought the valve. I even have new rings that are made out of rubber that go around the round holes in the EGR gasket. Maybe I might try to replace or clean the EGR stuff myself.



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Replacing the EGR valve is a 10 minute job. You can do it.

A couple of nuts hold it in. Really simple, it is right in the front of the motor, very easy to reach. One electrical connector to pull. About as tough as an oil change, and nowhere near as dirty.

Just in case, I got the EGR gasket also with the valve. Probably not needed, but for the few pennies, I always figure if I don't get the gasket, I will actually need it.

You can do the plate, but it is a little more involved. But ANY mechanic can do it, all you need is a 1/4 inch drive with a swivel attachment to reach the two lower intake nuts. There is a GREAT tutorial here, if you can't find it let me know. Just search "EGR plate cleaning".

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Thanks Jerry! I have yet to replace the EGR valve but it looks super easy. The plate seems fairly easy as well but I have yet to find a thread that has any information on where to find the gaskets with the plate (it looks like there are a few) and what to clean the plate with. Lots of talk about not using WD-40 but someone said something about a brake cleaner but what type, etc?! Do you have any idea? Thanks in advance!
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You really don't need to replace the intake gaskets when you clean the EGR plate. They have rubber seals and reusing works fine. The brake cleaner is just any old brand. It will clean up the carbon buildup just fine.

The WD-40 is for cleaning the pot inside the EGR valve. It's wipers get dirty and don't make good connections. This requires disassembley of the EGR valve itself and is not an easy fix. I did mine, but I wouldn't recomend it to anyone who is not familiar with working on electronic components.
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You really don't need to replace the intake gaskets when you clean the EGR plate. They have rubber seals and reusing works fine. The brake cleaner is just any old brand. It will clean up the carbon buildup just fine.

The WD-40 is for cleaning the pot inside the EGR valve. It's wipers get dirty and don't make good connections. This requires disassembley of the EGR valve itself and is not an easy fix. I did mine, but I wouldn't recomend it to anyone who is not familiar with working on electronic components.
Yeah, I think I'll just replace the valve. That's good to hear that I won't have to replace the gaskets. The only thing I've done is take the engine cover off and it looked difficult pulling the plate out of that area. Is there a trick to it? Just curious about any pitfalls before I start the project, etc.
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Just a little tight on the bottom two nuts. 1/4" drive ratchet with an extension and swivel adapter like gsfent mentioned in previous post.
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I've talked to a few mechanics about replacing the EGR valve and cost, etc. They keep referring to having to clean the intake manifold of the EGR valve. Are they talking about the EGR plate I keep reading about in various threads?
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